Originally planning to wait until later in 2020, singer/songwriter/guitarist Zack Fletcher, has used the unplanned break due to the pandemic as an opportunity to ready his first solo offering since 2009 for release, entitled Vignettes. The EP is an exercise in beauty and simplicity, showcasing five instrumental pieces on a single guitar.
Vignettes began to form several years ago when loved ones began asking Fletcher to perform instrumental acoustic music at events and weddings. Versions of these instrumental works were crafted as a backdrop to celebrate special relationships and momentous days. After Fletcher’s own wedding and honeymoon (hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain with his wife as newlyweds), he was inspired to revisit, rework, and record the collection that would become Vignettes. To him, these songs serve as a representation of the beautiful moments life has to offer, and are a reminder that they are but moments.
Fletcher's primary musical focus for the last several years has been as the bandleader of Moths in the Attic, but he has been honing his playing and writing abilities since his early teens by performing with different ensembles, including serving as lead guitarist for the hard-rock quartet Flaming Hot Marbles. In his early twenties, a need for pure, raw musical and emotional expression led him to begin crafting his own acoustic guitar-focused songs, built from his many musical influences (folk, rock, alternative, classical, etc.) From his very first performances as a solo artist, he committed himself to breathing life into his music with passion and sincerity.
Following the release of his first EP (Dead Ends) in 2009, he performed as a solo artist around his home state of Ohio, and in central Spain during his time abroad. In 2013, Fletcher entered his song "The Traveler" in a national songwriting contest sponsored by Guitar Center and placed in the top 20 in overall votes out of more than 7,000 entrants. By his mid-twenties, he began imagining a bigger sound that explored greater musicality and more possibilities for the music he was writing.
Fletcher’s unique acoustic guitar-driven songs were given new life thanks to saxophonist Michael Williams and percussionist Kevin Jorrey. Together as Moths in the Attic, they create ghostly compositions that float on patient melodies, playful tempo changes, and momentous crescendos. They began recording their ambitious full length debut using and reworking some of Fletcher's solo works from the era of Dead Ends. Ten fantastic musicians, including the core trio, brought their talents to the album soundscape, providing a full production of strings, bass, and more surrounding the core trio's instrumentation. After a few years of hard work at DLT Studios the final mixes were sent for mastering at Jack White's Third Man Records. Moths in the Attic was released in October 2019.
The album has yielded two singles with music videos and many positive press features in indie blogs and publications. Since 2017, the MITA trio has regularly performed at venues and festivals across the Midwest and around their NW Ohio home. With a focus on impressive musicianship the group always provides an exciting and compelling live music experience. They have played alongside and in support of notable artists in a myriad of genres including Tyler Childers, Helmet, Samantha Fish, The War and Treaty, and OWEL. Due to the pandemic, they are currently in the process of re-booking their first extensive tour that would have brought them to Chicago, Nashville and many other cities for the first time. In the meantime, they have released a series of unreleased songs and covers in their home recorded video series "Songs from a Distance", and they continue to write and prepare for their next release.